18 February 2018

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04/22/2013 VATICAN

Pope: even in Christian communities there are "climbers" who are "thieves and robbers"

Commenting on the parable of the Good Shepherd at Mass this morning, Francis recalls that "the gate is Jesus." "I am not a fundamentalist," this is the Gospel of the Beatitudes that tells us to be humble, poor, meek, just.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Even in the Christian communities there are people who do not enter "the sheepfold by the gate," that is Jesus, but by other means.  They are "climbers" who "seek their own ... and consciously or unconsciously pretend to enter but are thieves and robbers" because they "steal the glory of Jesus, they want their own glory. " These were the words of Pope Francis commenting on the parable of the Good Shepherd at Mass this morning in the chapel Casa Santa Marta, attended by staff from the Holy See Press Office and Vatican Radio engineers.

"They want glory for themselves - he explained - and this is what [Jesus] said to the Pharisees: You seek for each other's approval...'. That's something of a 'commercial' religion, don't you think? I give glory to you and you give glory to me. But these people did not enter through the true gate. The [true] gate is Jesus and those who do not enter by this gate are mistaken. How do I know that Jesus is the true gate? How do I know that this gate is Jesus's gate? It's enough to take the Beatitudes and do what the Beatitudes say. Be humble, poor, gentle, just ... ".

As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope pointed out that " Jesus is not only the gate, he is also the way, the path to follow on our journey. He said there are many paths that we can follow, some perhaps more advantageous than others in getting ahead, but they are "misleading, they are not real: they are false. The only path is Jesus".

"Some of you may say: 'Father, you're a fundamentalist!'. No, simply put, this is what Jesus said : 'I am the gate', 'I am the path' [He] gives life to us. Simple. It is a beautiful gate, a gate of love, it is a gate that does not deceive, it is not false. It always tells the truth. But with tenderness and love. However, we still have [...] the source of original sin within us, is not it so? We still desire to possess the key to interpreting everything, the key and the power to find our own path, whatever it is, to find our own gate, whatever it is".

"Sometimes - the Pope said - we are tempted to be too much our own bosses and not humble children and servants of the Lord: And this is the temptation to look for other gates or other windows to enter the Kingdom of God. We can only enter by the gate whose name is Jesus. We can only enter by that gate which leads to a path and that path is called Jesus and brings to a life whose name is Jesus. All those who do something else - says the Lord - who try to enter through the window, are 'thieves and robbers'. He is simple, the Lord. His words are not complex: He is simple".  And you have to ask for "the grace to always knock on that door." " "Sometimes it's closed: we are sad, we feel desolation, we have problems with knocking, with knocking at that gate. Do not go looking for other gates that seem easier, more comfortable, more at hand. Always the same one: Jesus. Jesus never disappoints, Jesus does not deceive, Jesus is not a thief, not a robber. He gave his life for me: each of us must say this: 'And you who gave your life for me, please, open, that I may enter".


See also

26/06/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus, a shepherd who reached the people and warmed their heart
In his homily this morning, Francis looks at four groups who were influential at the time of the Jesus: the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots and Essenes. None of them could speak to the people. Jesus, however, could and was followed by crowds because "they were astonished at his teaching," and " gave their hearts to the wonder and amazement to find something good, great." The others "talked, but did not reach the people."

22/06/2013 VATICAN
Pope: Riches and the cares of world suffocate the Word of God, our past, present and future
Riches “rob us of our time” because they make us forget the past, the election received from God, and make us worry too much about a future without promise. Mass in Santa Marta was concelebrated by e the Bishop of Santa Clara (Cuba).

04/07/2013 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus made us children of God forever, an "identity card" that no one can take from us
During morning Mass, commenting on the Gospel story of the paralytic, Francis points out that the real miracle is the world's reconciliation with God, the new creation. "This is Jesus’ most profound mission. The redemption of all of us sinners, and Jesus, does this not with words, not with gestures, not walking on the road, no, He does it with his flesh."

03/06/2016 11:33:00 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of the priest "knows only two directions: the Lord and the people"

Francis concelebrates Mass with five thousand priests, concluding the Jubilee for Priests. The Good Shepherd who spends himself for his flock without "privatizing his time and" space is dedicated to mission with all his being, excludes no one, is full of joy, "transformed by the mercy that he freely  gives”.


07/05/2017 13:42:00 VATICAN
Pope tells ten new priests that they were elected by the Lord, not for a career, but for service

On the World day of prayer for vocations, Pope Francis ordained ten young men from diocesan seminaries in Rome, aged 26 to 38, including one from Asia (Azerbaijan). The ritual homily was dotted with sometime scathing impromptu comments. "Do not give homilies that are too intellectual or elaborate; speak in a simply manner,” he said. “A dual life is a bad disease in the Church." Instead, “Be joyful, in the joy of Christ's service, even in the midst of suffering, misunderstanding, and one’s own sins." And “Do not be masters, state clergy, but shepherds of the people of God."

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